adjective har·dy \ˈhär-dē\

: able to live through difficult conditions (such as a cold winter or a drought)

: strong and able to accept difficult or unpleasant conditions


Full Definition of HARDY

:  bold, brave
a :  inured to fatigue or hardships :  robust
b :  capable of withstanding adverse conditions <hardy outdoor furniture> <hardy plants> <hardy cattle>
har·di·ly \ˈhär-dəl-ē\ adverb
har·di·ness \ˈhär-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of HARDY

  1. Most of the soldiers were hardy young men.
  2. Hardy fans stuck with the team through good times and bad.
  3. Only the hardiest pilgrims made the journey.

Origin of HARDY

Middle English hardi, from Anglo-French, from Old French *hardir to make hard, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English heard hard
First Known Use: 13th century

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Rhymes with HARDY


biographical name Har·dy \ˈhär-dē\

Definition of HARDY

Oliver 1892–1957 originally Norvell Hardy Am. comic actor


biographical name

Definition of HARDY

Thomas 1840–1928 Eng. nov. & poet
Har·dy·esque \ˌhär-dē-ˈesk\ adjective
HARDIEST Defined for Kids


adjective har·dy \ˈhär-dē\

Definition of HARDY for Kids

:  able to withstand weariness, hardship, or severe weather
:  bold 1, brave <hardy heroes>
har·di·ly \ˈhär-də-lē\ adverb
har·di·ness \ˈhär-dē-nəs\ noun


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